Ashley Jennifer Jackson
Ashley Jennifer Jackson, harpist, is a resident of New York City. She is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts at the Juilliard School, studying with Nancy Allen. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale College and a Master of Music degree in harp performance from the Yale School of Music. During her five years at Yale, Ashley was the winner of the William Waite Concerto competition, the Berkeley Orchestra concerto competition, and the Yale Friends of Music Recital competition. Upon graduation from Yale College in 2008, she was the recipient of the Bach Society Prize from the Yale Department of Music and received an award for excellence in artistry from the Afro-American Cultural Center at Yale University.
In April 2012, Ashley received an award from the Theodore Presser Foundation to present a series of lecture recitals titled “Affinities: Margaret Bonds and Langston Hughes.” In March 2013, she was invited to present her research on black female composer Margaret Bonds and her work, The Ballad of the Brown King, at the Margaret Bonds Symposium at the University of North Carolina.
Ashley has performed with the New York Philharmonic, the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Lukes, and NovusNY. She has also performed at Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall, and the Royal Opera House in Muscat, Oman. As an educator, Ashley is an Adjunct Artist at Vassar College, and she currently writes program notes for Bowdoin International Music Festival.
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Eugenia Choi, Violin I
Described by the press as “a sensational force” (La République, France), a “technical virtuoso” (Berliner Morgenpost, Germany), and a “must see” (Chicago Tribune), violinist Eugenia Choi has been attracting international recognition since her solo concerto debut with orchestra at age ten. Miss Choi regularly performs at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Kimmel Center’s Verizon Hall in Philadelphia, Symphony Hall in Boston, Kravis Center in Palm Beach, Dame Myra Hess series in Chicago, Benaroya Hall in Seattle, Vienna Saal-Mozarteum in Austria, Teatro Municipale in Santiago, Chile, Tokyo International Forum in Japan, Nobel Peace Prize Hall in Oslo, and her personal favorite, the Palais de Fontainebleau in France.
In recent seasons, Miss Choi has performed as concerto soloist with orchestras in Europe, Asia, North and South Americas and she has been broadcast globally on the BBC, Canal+ and Radio France, Sender Freies Berlin, National Geographic, CBC, Bravo!, ShawTV in Canada, MNet in South Africa, and Pandora online. Constantly expanding her musical milieu, she collaborates with a wide range of artists including opera star Dawn Upshaw, tap artist Savion Glover, jazz prodigy Jon Batiste, on tour as first violinist of the Borealis String Quartet, and as a member of the American Modern Ensemble and The Knights chamber ensemble. She can be heard on major motion picture soundtracks for 20th Century Fox and Sony as well as for Sony Playstation, and classical CD recordings for the American String Project on MSR Classics and the Turning Point Ensemble on ATMA Classique.
Eugenia began violin studies at age three and studied at the Juilliard School in New York, where she received her Doctorate, Masters, Bachelors, and Pre-College degrees. She is also an alumnus of Dartmouth College where she majored in Government. As a recipient of the C.V. Starr Foundation Fellowship at Juilliard, she authored her Doctoral dissertation entitled Pricing Patterns of Stradivarius Violins since the Eighteenth Century: From Musician’s Instrument to Institutional Investment has received widespread acclaim in the fine violin industry and she currently serves as a strategic adviser to high-end violin collectors. Dr. Choi has served on the violin faculty of the University of British Columbia and New York University as well as several international summer festivals. Dedicated to community outreach, Eugenia has represented New York’s Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts for six years by bringing concerts to underserved urban communities. When she is not playing the violin, Eugenia is active in raising funds and awareness for environmental conservation and music education. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Conservatoire Americain in Paris and the Young Professionals Board of the Nature Conservancy. Eugenia has been a member of MAPC since 2013. Please visit www.eugeniachoi.com.
Victoria Paterson, Violin II
Victoria Paterson is a violinist in great demand for her musicality and diversity. Equally comfortable with classical and popular music, she performs everywhere from Carnegie Hall, Birdland and Madison Square Garden to Late Night with David Letterman and The Today Show. She played for Chelsea Clinton’s wedding and performs for luminaries ranging from Michelle Obama, Diane Sawyer and Nancy Pelosi to Sean Combs and Jennifer Lopez. She is the founder of the Lumiere String Quartet which performs regularly, and her recordings boast top selling classical sales on Amazon and itunes. Founder of the American Modern Ensemble, Victoria is also passionate about celebrating American music and American composers. Film and television credits include Smash, The Social Network, The Celebrity Apprentice, Nurse Jackie, and So You Think You Can Dance. Victoria’s Broadway credits include The Addams Family (Concertmaster), West Side Story, Wicked, Cabaret, Beauty & the Beast, South Pacific, and Porgy & Bess. Off-Broadway shows include Giant, The Thing about Men, and I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change. More information and media links can be found at Victoria Paterson’s website.
Jessica Meyer, Viola
Violist and composer Jessica Meyer is a versatile performer who has been featured as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player throughout the world. As a soloist, Ms. Meyer has premiered pieces for solo viola around the country, and is committed to expanding the repertoire for viola by commissioning new works while also composing her own. Her solo compositions explore the wide palette of sonic colors available to the viola while using traditional and extended techniques enhanced by the electronic process of looping material. Upcoming 2013-14 premieres will be presented at the Firehouse New Music Series, the Tribeca New Music Festival, and the Andy Warhol Museum. A dedicated advocate for new music, Ms. Meyer is the co-founder of the award-winning and critically-acclaimed contemporary music collective counter)induction. She also appears with other engaging new music ensembles in NYC, such as Ear Heart Music, the American Modern Ensemble, the Either/Or Ensemble, and the Argento Chamber Ensemble. Ms. Meyer is the founder of Piaclava, a touring clarinet, viola, and piano trio, and has also performed with acclaimed ensembles such as the East Coast Chamber Orchestra (ECCO), the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and Classical Jam. Visit Jessica Meyer’s website for more details about her diverse career and links to listen to her work.
Arash Amini, Cello
Cellist Arash Amini has performed as soloist, chamber, and orchestral musician throughout North America, Switzerland, France, Germany, Japan, and Botswana. His many performances include his New York debut recital in Alice Tully Hall, Beethoven’s “Triple Concerto” with the Oakland East Bay Symphony, at the Ravinia Festival, Smithsonian Institution, Verbier Festival, Rencontres Musicales d’Evian; on Great Performers at Lincoln Center and the Curtis Alumni Recital series; and for The Creative Coalition and Americans for the Arts. He has also performed chamber music with André Watts, Barbara Hendricks, Nigel Kennedy, Cho-Liang Lin, Mischa Maisky, and Sharon Isbin. A graduate of The Curtis Institute of Music and The Juilliard School, he is a co-founder, the Artistic Director, and an Artist Member of America’s Dream Chamber Artists and a member of the American Modern Ensemble. More information and a link to listen to his work can be found at Arash Amini’s AME biography page.
Danielle Eva Schwob
Described as a “genre-bending worldly musical chameleon” (TimeOut NY) and a “notable cross-genre composer” (The New Yorker) who writes “hard-edged pop songs” (New York Times), Danielle Schwob is a London-born but NYC-based composer, arranger, guitarist and singer. She writes concert music, experimental pop/rock and film scores, having grown up playing in rock bands before studying classical composition formally. Ambitious in scope and characterized by a thoughtful demeanour, honest lyrics and strong melodies, her music has been described as “dark and beautiful” (Consequence of Sound), “an emotional exorcism” (Sonic Scoop), “catchy and thoughtful” (Flavorpill) and “satisfyingly dark” (Sequenza21) as well as chosen as a TimeOut Critic’s Pick and featured on NPR, NY1 and MNN.
Danielle has earned honors for her work from the Aaron Copland Fund for Music, The American Composers Forum, the Margaret Sanders Foundation and NYU. She was also a 2013 Atlantic Center for the Arts Artist-in-Residence, a 2011-2012 Con Edison Composer-in-Residence, a 2013 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award finalist and a 2013 participant in BMI’s ‘Scoring for the Screen.’ Her talents have been featured at venues including Le Poisson Rouge, Lincoln Center, Joe’s Pub, 92Y Tribeca, the Gramercy Theater, Irving Plaza, Galapagos Art Space, Rockwood Music Hall and Issue Project Room as well as festivals such as the Downtown Debussy Festival, Philip Glass’s MATA Festival, Composers Collaborative Inc.’s Serial Underground, The Lower East Side Music Festival and Music With A View. Ensembles that have performed/commissioned her concert music include American Modern Ensemble, Janus Trio, Azure Ensemble, The Deviant Septet, the Nouveau Classical Project, SYZYGY, the NYU Symphony Orchestra, the NYU Percussion Ensemble, flutist Eric Lamb and harpist Bridget Kibbey as well as members of Alarm Will Sound, ETHEL, Signal, The Knights and various Broadway orchestras.
Some other recent credits as an orchestrator, guitarist and/or composer include Comedy of Errors at Shakespeare in the Park (The Public Theater), Tara Hugo Sings Philip Glass (Orange Mountain Music), Return of the Little Rascals (Universal Pictures), a workshop of David Simon’s (The Wire, Treme) musical based on the music of The Pogues, 24 Hour Musicals with Ben Folds, numerous Off-Broadway/regional theater productions and award-winning indie feature film How To Follow Strangers (Real Human Films). Danielle is also currently working on the follow up record to her 2011 EP Overloaded with Grammy-winning producer David Bottrill, performing regularly with her band and serving as the Artistic Director of her critically acclaimed classical ensemble/concert series, SYZYGY New Music. Learn more at Danielle Eva Schwob’s official website.
American Modern Ensemble
American Modern Ensemble is marking its 10th anniversary in 2014-2015 as we joyfully celebrate and showcase American music, performing the widest possible repertoire, particularly by living composers. AME is proud of our audience base that is far and wide, beyond the immediate new music community. AME always includes on-stage chats with featured composers, presents premieres, and conducts three annual competitions for young, emerging and professional composers. Winners all get a premiere performance in New York City with recording, videography, and cash prizes. Every concert enables audience members to mingle with both composers and performers in an intimate, fun, and relaxed setting. Founded in New York City in 2005 by Robert Paterson and Victoria Paterson, AME is a dynamic, creative force in the modern music scene. With a world-class ensemble made up of NYC’s finest musicians, AME is “simply ‘first-rate” (The New York Times). AME has performed over 150 living composers in venues ranging from Lincoln Center to The Roulette, and has “consistently demonstrated a flair for inventive programming” (Steve Smith, Time Out New York). AME programs both cutting edge and traditional works, presenting unique, engaging events that encourage dialogue between artists and audiences. Over 90% of the composers whose works have been programmed attend our concerts. Sold out crowds at Merkin Hall, Dimenna Center, the Rubin Museum, The TimesCenter and many other venues are a winning testament to AME’s tremendous fan base and ever expanding popularity. AME was the ensemble-in-residence at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City, and AME tours and offers educational outreach programs. Recent collaborations include the Prototype Opera Festival, the Dance Theater of Harlem, and Talujon percussion ensemble. Recent university performances and educational master classes include Lafayette College, James Madison University, and Princeton University. AME presents thematic programs using a robust combination of instrumentalists and vocalists: flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, percussion, piano, violins, violas, violoncellos, bass, vocalists, and conductor.
Learn and view/hear more at the American Modern Ensemble’s official website
David Alan Miller
The guest conductor for American Modern Ensemble in Concert III, David Alan Miller is Music Director of the Albany Symphony Orchestra, a position he has held since 1992. A creative and compelling orchestra builder, through Mr. Miller’s exploration of unusual repertoire, educational programming, community outreach and recording initiatives, he has reaffirmed the Albany Symphony’s reputation as the nation’s leading champion of American symphonic music and one of its most innovative orchestras. Mr. Miller has worked with most of America’s major orchestras, developing especially close relationships with the Minnesota Orchestra and Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He has also conducted the orchestras of Baltimore, Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and San Francisco, as well as the New World Symphony and the New York City Ballet. Mr. Miller is also Founder and Artistic Director of “New Paths in Music,” a festival in New York City dedicated to presenting the works of significant non-American composers who are not well known in the United States. His extensive discography includes recordings of works by Todd Levin with the London Symphony Orchestra for Deutsche Grammophon, as well as music by Michael Daugherty, Kamran Ince, and Michael Torke for London/Decca. He also led the Los Angeles Philharmonic in its recording of Mel Powell’s music, including “Duplicates: Concerto for Two Pianos,” winner of the 1990 Pulitzer Prize for Music. Mr. Miller led the Albany Symphony in the world premiere of Michael Torke’s opera, “Strawberry Fields”, on the Ecstatic Records label. Much more about Mr. Miller, his biography and accomplishments can be found at the Albany Symphony Orchestra’s website.
Pianist-composer Emir Gamsızoğlu started to play the piano at the age of 20 and he was a professional athlete in the Turkish Basketball League before 20. He was given “The Young Musician Of The Year” award in 1999 by The Lions Club. Gamsızoğlu played solo and chamber music in France, Germany, Italy, Romania, Turkey and United States. In 2008 he became the first Turkish pianist to perform J.S.Bach’s Goldberg Variations in Turkey. Beyond his solo career, he’s often invited to play chamber music by well known artists such as Chen Halevi, Natalie Clein, Marina Chiche and Belcea Quartet. He is the founder of New Yorker Trio and New Yorker Ensemble.
Apart from his engagements as a pianist, Gamsızoğlu also prepared and broadcasted a radio show on classical music (2001-03), penned articles for Andante music magazine in Turkey (2003-09) and had a kids show on classical music that was sold-out for 5 years (2008-13). He also created interdisciplinary projects such as Goldberg Journey (2008); Chopin’s 200th Birthday Party (2010) with actor Memet Ali Alabora, and Variations After Joe (2009); Two Faces of Schumann (2009); Drama in Beethoven (2010), Genius by Chopin (2012), Talking to Schubert (2014), with playwright Ege Maltepe. In 2013, Gamsızoğlu released his first album Alla Turca Around the World that consists his own works and started a new educational program on classical music for adults under the name of Classical For All in New York City. Visit Emir Gamsızoğlu’s website for many more details about his background and available media links.
Described by the New York Times as an ensemble possessing an “edgy, unflagging energy”, Talujon has been mesmerizing audiences since 1990. Talujon is thoroughly committed to the expansion of the contemporary percussion repertoire as well as the education and diversification of its worldwide audience. Over the past 20 years, Talujon has commissioned dozens of new works for percussion quartet.
Recent Talujon commissions include quartets by Alvin Lucier, Henry Threadgill, Ralph Shapey, Wayne Peterson, Julia Wolfe, Ushio Torikai, Louis Karchin, Eric Moe, Steve Ricks and Chien Yin Chen. Based in New York, the group’s performances have included collaborations with Steve Reich, James Tenney, Chou Wen Chung, The Brooklyn Philharmonic, Meredith Monk and Tan Dun at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Symphony Space, The Kitchen and the Knitting Factory. Talujon has appeared in universities and concert halls throughout the US, and at such festivals as Taipei’s Lantern Festival, BAM’s Next Wave Festival, Muzik3 Festival, Chautauqua, Festival of New American Music and a recent European tour with Steve Reich and Bang on a Can. For the Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concerts series, Talujon developed the program “A World of Influences”, which incorporates Talujon group compositions featuring homemade instruments and traditional instruments. The group has also given master classes/workshops at institutions such as the Juilliard School, Stanford University, University of Virginia, State University at Buffalo, Harvard University and the University of Oregon.
The group, while maintaining a respectable touring history, always produces adventurous programs in New York City. Tajujon has presented these programs in the past to great praise, including first prize in the Chamber Music America Adventurous Programming Award. Talujon chooses its performing venues in order to maximize exposure to as broad an audience as possible. Talujon’s upcoming 20th season will feature past compositions written for the group as well as new works by Eric Moe, Steven Ricks, Christian Wolff, Ross Bauer and other American composers. These performances will take place at venues such as Symphony Space, Roulette, Merkin Hall, St. Peter’s Church and LeFrak Hall.
Visit Talujon’s official website for more media and information.